As humans, we are moved to make things, using our hands and our brains.
Maker Education is Inclusive and Elevates Learning
Maker education stresses the importance of learner-driven experience, interdisciplinary learning, and peer-to-peer teaching.
Making and tinkering are powerful and empowering ways to learn
Problem-based and project-based learning relies on hands-on, collaborative learning experiences as a method for solving problems. This has become a movement in education -- The Maker Movement. As STEM learning has overflowed into school media centers, the maker movement has gathered increasing momentum.
Makerspaces provide the tools, resources, and space for students to explore new things. Weather it's animation tools, circuits, building blocks, virtual reality viewers, robots, and studio cameras -- equipment and technology for students to use to make things. By providing MakerSpace technology and equipment, such as the 3D printer and Mac computer, students can explore outside their normal curriculum.
MAKING is the CREATION of something new that was not there before. Creating, altering, changing something is all MAKING.
MAKING is also about FAILURE as much as it is about MAKING. It’s important to embrace the FAILING as part of the MAKING process. Learning from the failures that happen during the process of MAKING is part of the Makerspace experience.
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According to the Department of Labor, more than 65 percent of today’s students will grow up to take on jobs that do not exist yet. Makerspaces is a program that anticipates what students will need and want in the near future.
A Makerspace in a school library is powerful. Students can take a break from their regular class load and explore and develop new skills. As humans, we are moved to make things, using our hands and our brains. Makerspaces provide this outlet for students, fueling engagement, creativity, and curiosity at the same time. Makerspace learning can also help students shift from being passive learners to active creators. Students return to class refreshed and reading to learn.